A-Z WEDNESDAY

This meme is hosted by Vicki, at Reading at the Beach.

Here are the new rules:

Welcome to A-Z Wednesday

PLEASE READ!!! A-Z WEDNESDAY HAS CHANGED!!!
I was wondering whether to continue with this meme or not and then I had a conversation with Janie from Colloquium. She suggested that we do a round using authors names and since I loved the idea, that’s what we’re doing.

To join, here’s all you have to do:
Go to your stack of books
Find an author whose first or last name starts with the letter of the week

Post:
1~ a photo of the book
2~ title and synopsis
3~ link(amazon, barnes and noble etc.)
4~ Come back to Reading At The Beach and leave your link in the comments.
5~ If you’ve already reviewed the book, add the link.

Authors: First or Last name starts with “A”

My book today is Picturing Will, By Ann Beattie.

Here’s what I found on Amazon:

Beattie’s ( Love Always ) first novel in five years is an understated meditation on psychic survival in the 1980s. Jody is a wedding photographer in Virginia, a struggling artist and a single mother with a bright 5-year-old son, Will. Jody’s boyfriend Mel wants her to marry him and move to New York City, where he works in an art gallery. As the flat, pared-down narrative prismatically shifts between characters’ viewpoints, we see Will molded by traumatic or random events: his philandering, remarried father, a Florida handyman, is taken away in a drug bust; and Haveabud, his mom’s effete, bisexual, art-world mentor, fondles stepson Spencer, who then involves Will in bizarre games. An italicized lyric monologue threading through the novel underscores the tribulations of parenting. In a coda, we meet Will 20 years later, with a son of his own. The Florida section flounders, but Beattie offers gimlet insights on the compromises of marriage, men’s emotional armor, sex as escape, the terrors of childhood.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

What book did you find this week?  Please stop by and share.

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